See Lagosians Reaction To The Scrapping Of Monthly Enviromental Sanitation

Decades after its implementation, the Lagos state government , Wednesday, announced its decision to put an end to the mandatory monthly environmental sanitation which holds in the state for three hours on the last Saturday of every month.

The environmental law placed a restriction on movement and commercial activities for the duration of the sanitation exercises.

Shortly after Lagos state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, broke the news on Twitter, mixed reactions started pouring in. Scrapping

Lagosians, as well as non-Lagosians, have since taken to social media to express/share their different opinion on this development.

While some embraced the development with both arms, others were rather unimpressed, expressing their concerns about the future state of the environment. Below, a round-up of reactions from some:

@AkinwunmiAmbode thank you sir for redeeming 156 hrs per annum for us.
Pls, look into the other 624 hrs per annum every thursday. Thank you

@AkinwunmiAmbode we’re welcoming disease frm waste to our city. We won’t know the help sanitation is doing for us now, hope we don’t regret

@AkinwunmiAmbode You might have a good intent, but placing commerce before health is detrimental to the residents’ well-being.

 

@AkinwunmiAmbode Sir, now that the monthly environmental exercise has been cancelled I hope the LAWMA will be on ground to clean up?

@AkinwunmiAmbode as long as the local government sanitation team would be more efficient in tackling sanitary issues, it is way to go.

“Ok oh, hope Lagos wouldn’t deteriorate like Aba?” – Uju Phil

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“We can now work tirelessly from Monday to Monday. no sleeping in Lagos, Lagos becomes more busy and dirty. I love this govt. Engr Emeka”comment2


Why was the environmental sanitation canceled?

According to the Lagos state government, considering the present economic situation in the country, it was no longer appropriate to restrict movement of people for three hours in a mega city like Lagos at a time they should be pursuing commercial and entrepreneurial activities.

Won’t the ban cause increased pollution and health hazards?

The government address this concern in its statement saying, the thrust of the fresh initiatives, among others, is to promote holistic and modern solutions to the unique environmental challenges confronting the State while encouraging citizens to voluntarily partner with government to achieve the desired goals.

Furthermore, “Government will also accelerate the introduction of fresh reforms through the passage of the new harmonized environmental laws that will drive meaningful changes in areas of harmonized billing, waste management, modern Landfill sites, noise pollution, introduction of an Environmental Trust Fund and an Environmental Advisory Council.”

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